John Turville Trio - Midas (3 stars)

John Turville Trio - Midas

(F-IRE presents)

John Turville is a London-based pianist whose CV includes work with saxophonists Gilad Atzmon and Tim Garland. This trio with bassist Chris Hill and drummer Ben Reynolds were winners of the 2009 PRS Promoter’s Choice award, and this fine debut album on the F-IRE Collective’s own ‘F-IRE presents’ label arrives ahead of a visit later this month to the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh.

They take a lyrical and thoughtful approach to the art of piano trio (Turville’s graceful ‘Waltz for Bill Evans’ is an apposite reference, although ‘Albaicin’ is more Jarrett-esque), and sound very comfortable in each other’s company, responding to prompts and developing ideas in an empathic manner that is never flashy, but always satisfyingly musical. Singer Brigitte Beraha contributes vocals to three of the tracks, including versions of Nick Drake’s ‘Fruit Tree’ and Ellington’s ‘Solitude’.

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